Executive Action On Gun Control For 2016
President Barack Obama is expected to announce executive action on gun control. The new executive action aims to expand background checks on gun sales and is expected to be announced next week.
It’s again important to remember just what executive action is:
..The term executive action itself is vague and can be used to describe almost anything the president calls on Congress or his administration to do. Executive actions are any informal proposals or moves by the president. Most executive actions carry no legal weight. Those that do actually set policy can be invalidated by the courts or undone by legislation passed by Congress.
Presidents favor the use of non-binding executive actions when the issue is controversial or sensitive. President Obama is the first modern president to use executive actions in lieu of executive orders or executive memoranda. This means, unlike recent presidents, Obama is issuing “I wish” edicts that neither have the force of law necessarily nor can’t be undone by courts, Congress or future Presidents. That doesn’t seem like the move of a dictator or a tyrant.
I have no problem with The President using executive action here to increase the number and quality of background checks. We’ve had almost as many mass shootings as days of the year in 2015, and I’ve yet to see any reputable proof that a “good guy with a gun” stopped any of them. Obama is doing something, although toothless, about gun violence rather than just spouting lip service about prayer.
Personally, I would like to see guns tracked from owner to owner similar to how cars are. Every time a gun changes hands, there should be a required back ground check for the new owner. I would like to think that this executive action will force gun legislation from the new Congress and Senate from a new President.